Critics Consensus

Saw III does little beyond repeating its predecessor's tropes on a gorier level.



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With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff (Angus Macfayden) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.

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Critic Reviews for Saw III

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (24)

  • The third movie doesn't go over the edge, but it does start to feel like John is setting his subjects up to fail, and the game shouldn't be rigged quite so hard if he really wants people to walk the path of redemption.

    Oct 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • God or Jack Valenti only knows how this work of pure entertainment got an R rating 'for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language.'

    Nov 7, 2006
  • Because of its efforts to make sense of the previous entries and even attempt an earnest parable about forgiveness, Saw III may be the best of the trilogy; hopefully, it'll encourage its makers to wrap the franchise on a relatively high note.

    Nov 3, 2006 | Rating: C

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Even splatter-film buffs should be offended by this piece of nonsense: Not because it's so gross, but because it's so dumb.

    Nov 2, 2006 | Rating: 1/5
  • The second Saw sequel develops the mythology of sadistic puppet-master Jigsaw in ambitious, gruesome but ultimately self-defeating ways.

    Nov 2, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • All told, this is a more affecting study in grief, guilt and human frailty than Babel.

    Nov 1, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Saw III

  • Feb 20, 2016
    Saw 3 started to go downhill as the film taken a turn from being clever to being a gore fest. Amanda is now Jigsaw's apprentice who is helping him to conduct a deadly new game which would be similar to Saw 4, Saw 6 and Saw 7. There were many questions left unexplained (which were explained in later films), the quality of acting was also diminishing, Saw 3 would please the fans but not win any new ones.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2015
    By now the franchise just turned into a gore fest but at least with this film it has heart, there are moments in this film which are genuinely heart wrenching especially when Jeff ahs to burn his dead child's toys and stuff. The acting was good, the twist was another shocker but you could tell the franchise was starting to derail but this film was still good. I give this film 7/10.
    Sonny H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2015
    A dark and sadistic film, Saw III sets new standards in depravity. Now on his death bed, Jigsaw sets up one final game: forcing a grieving father to confront those responsible for the miscarriage of justice in his son's death, making him choose vengeance or forgiveness as he progresses through a maze. Once again the characters are rather repugnant, and the traps are crueler than ever. Yet the plot takes a major twist at the end that's quite shocking. And, Shawnee Smith gives a really strong performance that's extremely compelling. Though the violence is incredibly gratuitous, Saw III does deliver some terrifying thrills.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2015
    My personal favourite of the franchise, Saw III delivers something unexpected to such a series; real longing and emotion are tennis racketed between the two villains played by Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell, who have such great chemistry that its hard to take your eyes off them. The ending is quite explosive and the traps are all absurd yet sort of ingenious in a bad taste kind of way.
    Harry W Super Reviewer

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